Search This Blog

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hey fourth graders! See America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free.

Every Kid in a Park
You and your family get free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year.

Our country is full of dazzling landscapes where you can play and learn. They protect our wildlife and resources. They let us look into the past and protect our history. Keeping them public supports a healthy planet.

Marvel at the St. Louis Arch, the Florida Keys, and the Frederick Douglass house. Listen to wolves howl. Walk in dinosaur tracks. Look up into the inky night sky, and reach for the stars!
These sites belong to all of us — including you.

President Barack Obama created Every Kid in a Park so fourth graders and their families could discover our wildlife, resources, and history for free.

Click here to learn more!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Wed September 30, 2015 for Using Narrative to Engage Young Women in STEM Webinar

This webinar will highlight educational books and related resources for encouraging young women in STEM. Author Penny Noyce will discussMagnificent Minds and Remarkable Minds that chronicle the contributions of 33 women over four centuries to science fields and will inspire girls and young women who are curious about the world and want to make a difference. Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh, Isabel Huff, and Sonia Ellis will discuss Through My Window, a multimedia educational website that brings engineering alive through stories, mysteries, explorations, and adventures, including Talk to Me, a STEM-focused novel for teens.

Click here to register!

Friday, September 25, 2015

EngineerGirl 2016 Essay Contest

Written by Tricia Berry

The NAE is pleased to announce the annual EngineerGirl Essay Contest on the EngineerGirl website.

The National Academy of Engineering invites students (both boys and girls) in grades 3-12 to submit an essay about how they would protect the environment and the safety, health, and well-being of the public as a responsible engineer.

Cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100 are available for the best essays in each of 3 age categories.

We want to hear from you! Submit your essay by February 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm EST. (Note the deadline for 2016 has changed from previous years.)

Find out more at

Earth Science Week October 11-17 (3 Contests with 10/16/15 Deadline)

Earth Science Week 2015 Contests

The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring a series of contests to celebrate Earth Science Week 2015. This year's celebration takes place Oct. 11-17, 2015. 

Earth Science Week 2015 Photography Contest -- Open to All Ages
Geoscientists study our planet’s geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (living things). These spheres -- or Earth systems -- continually affect and influence one another. With a camera, you can capture evidence of the dynamic impact of change processes in your home, neighborhood, school, workplace or local public spaces. In a photo, show at least one Earth system affecting another Earth system in your community.

Earth Science Week 2015 Visual Arts Contest -- Open to Students in Grades K-5
Earth science is the study of Earth systems -- land, water, air and living things. Scientists pay special attention to the ways these things affect each other, such as the way wind shapes the landscape or falling rain nourishes plants. Use artwork to show how land, water, air and living things interact in the world around you.

Earth Science Week 2015 Essay Contest -- Open to Students in Grades 6-9
Since the earliest hand-drawn maps and diagrams, “visualization” has been an important way of explaining and understanding the interactions of land, water, air and living things. Earth scientists today use more sophisticated technology to monitor and represent these Earth systems -- the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. In an original essay no more than 300 words in length, explain one way that geoscientists’ use of cutting-edge visualization is advancing Earth science today.

The entry deadline for all three contests is Oct. 16, 2015. Visit the contest websites for full details.

If you have any questions about these contests, please email the Earth Science Week staff at

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Latina SciGirls Project Announced - Texas Engaged

Written by Tricia Berry

I’m excited to share the attached press releases (in Spanish and English) for the Latina SciGirls Project led by Twin Cities Public Television (TPT PBS).

English link:

Spanish link:

The Texas Girls Collaborative Project is proud to be a partner in the program. The effort bring a Latina SciGirls outreach program to Texas using Latina role models, Spanish-language SciGirls episodes, and activities in 2016. In 2016-2017, we’ll use 4 new Spanish SciGirls episodes (featuring Mexican, Latin American, Caribbean and Puerto Rican women working with groups of girls and their families in the southeast and southwestern U.S.) and new Latina SciGirls educational guide activities in an outreach program to girls. The Latina SciGirls project also includes a family evening to share the SciGirls episodes and new role model videos of Latinas in STEM.

Melissa Cigarroa, Lead Educator at Informal Science Learning Associates of Laredo and a partner on SciGirls in EspaƱol and SciGirls en La Familia, is serving on the External Advisory Board for the project.

The NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston is also engaged as a key national partner in the project.

Stay tuned for opportunities to engage! We anticipate that we’ll probably go above and beyond what is called for in the grant as the opportunity is great in Texas to spread the great work of Latina SciGirls.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

NJ Makers Day 2016 Site Registration is Now Open!

Written by Doug Baldwin

I am excited to announce that site registration is now open for NJ Makers Day 2016! To register to become an official NJ Makers Day site please use the following link:

NJ Makers Day Site Registration Form

For those not familiar, NJ Makers Day is a statewide community based event and festival whose mission is to celebrate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as making and tinkering of all types - which can include the arts, crafts, and really any medium or platform for physical or digital creation.

More information about NJ Makers Day can also be found here :

The backbone of NJ Makers Day is providing access to programs, demonstrations, discussions, workshops, interactive sessions and more through physical sites within communities throughout our state. These sites can be libraries, schools, afterschool program providers, colleges, non-profits, businesses, museums or really any "place" that wants to provide a venue for one or more activities.

For those potential sites with closed communities (schools for instance) there is no requirement to have events open to the general public if that does not work for you. You may choose to have events or programs for your community only. Totally up to you!

Events or programs can be as extensive as a community maker faire, or as laid back as a STEM storytime or drop in Lego session, or anything in between! How you participate is really up to you!

This year NJ Makers Day will be a two-day event taking place on Friday March 18th and Saturday March 19th, 2016. Sites can choose to host events on one or both of the days. That is totally up to you!!

The NJ Makers Day Committee, in conjunction with our sponsors including LibraryLinkNJ (our primary sponsor) provides a support system for participating sites that includes free professional development opportunities, networking and idea sharing opportunities, marketing and promotional materials, as well as other sponsored support.

We do highly encourage interested sites to register by the early site registration deadline of Monday, Nov 16th to reserve you libraries place in receiving supportive materials for which there may be limited supplies.

Last year we had more than 150 sites across our state participated within their local communities with total attendance of more than 15,000 across our state. I know we expand this event, and have a significant impact in our communities. Please join us today!

For questions and inquires, please feel free to email Doug Baldwin ( or Maureen Donohue (